A man who was struck and killed by lightning in the Brecon Beacons is reported to have been hit by the bolt because he was carrying a selfie stick.
Two men died and a further two were injured on Pen y Fab in the Brecon Beacons mountain range on Sunday in separate incidents when a thunderstorm broke out unexpectedly.
The Telegraph reports that sources close to the rescue teams claim one of the dead men may have been struck because he was carrying a selfie stick – an extended metal arm that can hold a mobile phone and allow people to take pictures from a greater height.
A lightning rod is nothing more than a steel stick mounted above the thing you don’t want struck by lightning and grounded below the thing you don’t want struck by lightning.
This poor soul turned his selfie stick into a lightning rod and himself into a ground wire in the middle of a lightning storm.
You really don’t want to do that.